Get the best of work & play on your next Penang business trip

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May 24,2016

How many times have you travelled to a new city for business and returned only with memories of what the inside of foreign conference rooms, convention halls and airports look like? Even though the main focus of a business trip is about, well, business, it doesn’t mean that you have to keep your nose to the grindstone for the whole trip, especially not in places like Penang that’s teeming with such rich and vibrant culture.

Here are some tips to help you get the best of both business and pleasure on your next business trip to Penang.

Plan Ahead

Trying not to panic while frantically navigating a foreign traffic transit is an easily avoidable yet all too common problem business travellers face. Planning an itinerary and working out the fastest routes in a new city not only makes travelling from meeting to meeting more seamless, it will also help you find pockets of free time where you can fit in some sightseeing.

Wake Up a Little Earlier


Make sure you get a good night’s rest and wake up a little earlier. By all accounts, an early start allows you more room to weave in a few more recreational and touristy pursuits before your first meeting of the day. It could be an early morning jog through the still slumbering streets of Penang or enjoying a nice leisurely breakfast of local coffee and tau sar piah (layered pastry with filled with mung bean paste).

Explore Night Life Options


If you really are a slow starter in the morning, don’t fret. Penang Island has a whole other side to explore that comes out when the sun goes down. Whether you prefer to shake the stresses of the day off at a great dance club or enjoy a leisurely nightcap on a sunset cruise, there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy Penang after sundown.

Eat Well – Eat Local

As important as eating well is, it’s easy to forget when you’re rushing between presentations, conferences and meetings. It’s a shame because business trips are the prime opportunity to experience authentic, local cuisine. Booking a hotel that’s near foodie hotspots like Gurney Street can be a real time saver and will help you squeeze in as many local delights as you can manage.

Book a Hotel that Helps You Rest Well


Even if melding work and play goes according to plan, it’s still a tiring affair. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have a great place to rest and recharge. Book a hotel that can be  your home away from home. Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang fits the bill with a central location and a whole gamut of amenities for the tourist as well as the business traveller in you, from an early morning wake up call to being pampered at the inhouse spa at the end of a long day.

Find out more about the hotel and our offers!

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